Confession

The Westminster Confession of Faith, 1648

As adopted by the Bible Presbyterian Church in 1938 (with few revisions)

(a note – Often I am asked, “Why confessional?” or “Why do you hold a man made document above Scripture?”  The short answer is, I don’t.  The long answer is that I believe that the Confession only has authority insofar as it agrees with Scripture and is a concise statement of sound Biblical doctrine.  Would the Confession disagree with Scripture, I would reject it.  It does not as a whole, so I do not reject it as a whole – though I do take exception with Chapter 33, paragraph 1 as worded to be premillennial.  Consider that most churches have a Statement of Faith developed from that church’s understanding of Scripture. These statements explain what the church teaches and what its members believe. Members of the church are expected to understand that the Statement of Faith explains, as far as the church understands, proper doctrine in the church. Most of these statements are fairly ambiguous. Some are more ambiguous than most. The Confession is similar to a Statement of Faith, though much more thorough and much, much less ambiguous.  It is historic, tying the churches that hold it to the churches of the Protestant Reformation.  It is standard, holding together the member churches of the Bible Presbyterian Synod under one doctrine and linking us closely with our sister Presbyterian denominations around the world.)

Externally linked –

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scripture

Chapter 2: Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Chapter 4: Of Creation

Chapter 5: Of Providence

Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin and of the Punishment Thereof

Chapter 7: Of God’s Covenant with Man

Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator

Chapter 9: Of Free Will

Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling

Chapter 11: Of Justification

Chapter 12: Of Adoption

Chapter 13: Of Sanctification

Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance Of the Saints

Chapter 18: Of Assurance Of Grace and Salvation

Chapter 19: Of the Law Of God

Chapter 20: Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty Of Conscience

Chapter 21: Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day

Chapter 22: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows

Chapter 23: Of the Civil Magistrate

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

Chapter 25: Of the Church

Chapter 26: Of the Communion Of Saints

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

Chapter 28: Of Baptism

Chapter 29: Of the Lord’s Supper

Chapter 30: Of Church Censures

Chapter 31: Of Synods and Councils

Chapter 32: Of the State Of Men after Death, and Of the Resurrection Of the Dead

Chapter 33: Of the Last Judgment

 

 

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